Maria McCloy Urban Culturalist
If you want a birds-eye view of what cosmopolitan, career-oriented, fashion savvy 20-Somethings are wearing and accessorizing with in Johannesburg, you only need look at
Maria’s multicultural background and global fashion experiences (growing up visiting UK markets, shopping in New York, living in Africa and developing a love for all things India) established a unique fashion and aesthetic sensibility and brand of ethnic-urban, bespoke jewellery, bags and vintage clothing.
Years ago, her then burgeoning accessories obsession turned into serendipitous luck when True Love Food Editor, Mokgadi Itsweng saw the Lesotho crafted earrings she wore, ordered a couple for herself and eventually introduced Maria to Stoned Cherry founder, Nkhensani. The rest, as they say, is fabulous, fashion-forward history.
The label MARIA MCCLOY was born and so was her incredible line of branded African print bags, shoes and custom tailored earrings. To date MARIA MCCLOY has been stocked by South African fashion titans Stoned Cherry, Sun Goddess and Mantsoe. Her pieces have been flaunted on the necks, hands and ears of celebrities like Lira, Zaki Ibrahim and Simphiwe Dana. And they have graced the pages of True Love, Destiny, Play, Elle Decor and Cosmo….to name a few. Even CNN interviewed the designer in an edition of CNN Inside Africa.
Today Maria is also a PR consultant to VIACOM Africa for their brands MTV Base, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, VH1 and BET.
Check out Maria McCloy at TEDx Johannesburg Women 2013
“Authentic African Aesthetics That Inspire The World”
Accessories and Urban Culture lover, Publicist, Journalist based in Johannesburg
+27 82 3400 262
If you want to buy some of her African print treats visit her ay Market On Main (Corner Fox and Berea, Downtown Johannesburg) every Sunday.